I’m speaking at the CIC tomorrow

I'm going to be doing a conversation at the DC Catholic Information Center tomorrow evening, so DC readers are invited to come out.  The discussion is titled "The Problem of Good" and you can find the details at the linked Facebook event.  There may be a podcast, I'll let you know if one turns up. … [Read more...]

Head to Head with Hemant Mehta

Last week, I got to do an interview/argument with fellow Patheos blogger and Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta on Justin Brierley's podcast Unbelieveable!   You can stream the podcast from Justin's website or you can download it from iTunes.  This is probably my favorite media thing I've done so far, since I find it easier to express myself in the context of an argument than I do in the scope of a conventional "How do you feel?" interview.  It's easier to realize when you're not being clear … [Read more...]

Q&A with Shameless Popery + Radio Roundup

I've been triaging email as well as comments, but when someone contacts me for a Q&A and the first three questions are Q: Jen Fulwiler (another atheist-to-Catholic convert) recently pointed out that we Catholics are fond of giving atheists books on the faith. What do you think of this approach? and Q: Are there any books that you would recommend sharing with loved ones who are atheists? and Q. How big of a role did books play in your own conversion?, well, I guess Shameless Popery had my … [Read more...]

Camels with Hammers has a rebuttal

He's a writer at FreeThought Blogs and has been engaging pretty respectfully (without sacrificing aggression!) with me and my ideas (as gleaned from posts and comments).  I particularly appreciated the post he did excoriating my some of my atheist friends for claiming atheists can't be moral realists.  That's a fight I tried to start in the atheist blogosphere when I was one, and I'm glad he's carrying the banner. Now, he's got a new post up, with the amusing title "In Which I Answer Leah … [Read more...]

The College Application Stratagem or, “Sing out Louise”

One frequent question I got about my conversion was, "Uh, don't you disagree with the Catholic Church on a lot of things? Aren't you bisexual? And a bit of a statist when it come to public health? And various other things?  What are you going to do about that?" I won't paper over those inconsistencies and call them insignificant, but I don't feel like I need to either resolve them instantly or pretend they don't trouble me.  One reason the Catholic Church has adults go through RCIA (Rite of … [Read more...]

A little about the queer stuff

I had some major qualms about talking to a writer for the Blaze, but I remembered the byline from a pretty good interview with Todd Stiefel (a major atheist philanthopist), and I liked the questions that Billy Hallowell sent over. Now seems like a pretty good time to mention that talking to someone doesn't mean I'm endorsing them.  I generally find it easier to thrash out and clarify my ideas when I've got an interlocutor to play off of, so I've done some chatting with people who seem like … [Read more...]

Math-Related Prayer Hijinks

I like praying the Liturgy of the Hours because, at a bare minimum, it gives me something to say to God.  Not just the words of the prayers but, basically, "I'm really grateful for prayer traditions because I'd pretty much suck at having to make all this up on my own."  Instead of just being grateful for language period, it's kind of like being grateful for slang -- the shared set of references that characterize a relationship or a community. The trouble is, that I haven't been praying for … [Read more...]


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